How the ‘Broccoli Forest’ Happened

Enchanted Broccoli Forest
Enchanted Broccoli Forest

In the current issue of Stanford magazine, writer KELLI ANDERSON explains the story behind the 1990 naming of the Enchanted Broccoli Forest, which she notes is “a pioneer in Stanford’s brief history of whimsically named student residences.” The Enchanted Broccoli Forest, with 53 residents, is one of the largest co-ops at Stanford. It is located off Campus Drive East. Co-op means that students run the house, including cooking, cleaning, housekeeping and event organization.

In her article, Anderson writes, “Were there house meetings, heated arguments, a vote on a new name? Former residents can’t recall. And the Daily, which has dutifully reported on other houses’ renaming adventures, curiously let EBF’s pass without comment. All of which adds to the mystique of a place residents describe as magical.”

She quotes NATE BOSWELL, ’99, associate dean of residential education for the Row, as suggesting that names students choose often have hidden meanings: “EBF is a perfect example. How do we stick it to the Man a little bit?”

Read the story behind the name Enchanted Broccoli Forest on the Stanford magazine website.